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Burbank Girls Water Polo Starts Fast, Wins 11-9 Over Glendale

By Rick Assad

 

Taking a few weeks off for Christmas vacation was both good and bad for the Burbank High girls’ water polo team.

It was a plus because several players were injured or sick which allowed them to heal and get well.

On the negative side, there could also be rust because of inactivity, but when the Bulldogs faced visiting Glendale on Tuesday afternoon, the team came out and scored five goals in the opening quarter en route to an 11-9 Pacific League win.

“I was nervous just because I knew last year we lost to them by a couple,” Burbank interim coach Zack Card said. “They came out really strong. A lot of our games we came out really beat. Not really focused. They were ball-watching.”

Sera Shahbazian scored three goals for Burbank in an 11-9 win over Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (4-6 and 1-1 in league) never trailed and led by senior Michelle Morlock’s five goals, including two in the initial frame.

“It’s important that you keep playing your hardest,” Morlock said. “Everyone knew what they were supposed to do and they did it. And that’s important. You need to be where you’re supposed to be and work as hard as everyone else.”

Morlock’s shot from point-blank range with 6:49 left in the first quarter made it 1-0 and Morlock’s close-range bullet with 3:55 left in the same frame extended the advantage to 3-0.

Morlock’s three-footer with 2:14 remaining on the ticker in the second period gave the Bulldogs a 7-3 lead.

“That’s something we’ve been practicing,” Morlock said of the team’s shot selection. “Knowing where to shoot and when to shoot. It’s about everyone driving and moving and getting to where they need to be.”

Morlock’s tally with 2:52 on the clock in the third period saw the Bulldogs, who finished tied for fifth place in league last season and didn’t make the CIF Southern Section playoffs, march ahead 8-5.

Another close-range shot attempt by Morlock with 6:42 left in the contest pushed Burbank’s lead to 10-5.

Sera Shahbazian notched three goals for the Bulldogs, including two in the opening frame that made it 2-0 on a five-footer with 5:22 left and another from five feet with less than second left for a 5-2 margin.

Shahbazian’s six-footer with 5:40 on the ticker in the fourth quarter then pushed Burbank’s lead to 11-5.

Sophia Brice’s goal from eight feet with 59 seconds left in the first frame made it 4-1 and Brice’s tally on a six-foot loft with 2:13 remaining handed the Bulldogs a 9-5 edge.

Patil Minassian’s eight-footer with 5:48 left in the second period catapulted the Bulldogs in front 6-3.

Senior Emma Mueller finished with five goals for the Nitros (3-6 and 1-2 in league) and had three consecutive scores in the fourth quarter.

Mueller’s eight-footer with 3:39 left sliced Burbank’s lead to 11-6, a six-footer with 1:32 lowered it to 11-7 and a five-footer with 50 seconds cut it to 11-8.

“In terms of development, I feel like our six on fives are definitely getting better,” Glendale coach Jazzmyne Urquiza said. “What we tend to do as a team is that we’re a second-half team. We do not play well in the first half and then we come back in the second half and sometimes it’s just not enough.”

Junior Bernica Doronila tacked on two goals for the Nitros and they came with 6:16 left in the second quarter, a five-footer that cut it to 5-3, and a tally with 29 seconds left the fourth quarter that drew Glendale to within 11-9.

Junior Jamie Fritz also chipped in with two goals and were knocked home in the first quarter on a 10-footer with 3:24 left that shaved Burbank’s edge to 3-1 and in the third period on a point-blank shot with 5:27 left as the Nitros came within 7-4.

Burbank’s Suzy Misiryan was the goaltender for three quarters and replaced by Jenny Stepanian in the fourth period.

Burroughs, Burbank Girls Water Polo Eye CIF Playoffs

By Rick Assad

 

Sometimes goals are realized and sometimes they’re not. In the case of the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ water polo teams, their objective is fairly simple and it’s to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Each team is fairly young, and both have skilled players, so reaching the postseason is a reality. The Bulldogs and Indians will meet on Jan. 23 at Burroughs.

Junior goalie Emmanuella Nathan will be a key for Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians, who were 12-6 last season and 6-2 in the Pacific League for second place, will be led offensively by senior Aleah Orozco and junior goalie Emanuella Nathan.

Coach Jacob Cook is very optimistic about the team after reaching the quarterfinals a season ago.

“I’m looking forward to growing the team and improving as much as possible over the season,” Cook said. “The team is young in experience, but they are hard workers and eager to improve. I don’t know how the rest of the league is looking, but we are looking to progress as far as we can.”

Burbank has six quality players who can score at any moment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The team consists of 15 players including 11 seniors and they are Amy Berberyan, Leann Bermudez, Samantha Leano, Megan Sawyer, Brianna Meneses, Bianey Mendoza, Jaelynn Bijasa, Kathryn Vlick, Isabel Rosado and Camila Panozo.

There are four juniors on the squad and they include Madeline Lingad, Chloe Caneday and Mallory Thomas.

The Indians have played a few matches including a 5-4 win over Clairemont of San Diego in which Orozco had a match-best four goals and Berberyan the game-winner, while Nathan finished with 24 saves.

The Bulldogs, who were 7-13 last season, are also quite tender, but eager to learn and are getting better with time, according to interim coach Zack Card, who is filling in for Allyson Young, who gave birth to a bouncing baby girl a few months ago.

The Indians are coming off a season in which they went to the CIF Southern Section playoffs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There are 11 players on the team, with six players standing out according to Card.

There are three seniors and they are Patil Minassian, Camila Salas and Michelle Morlock.

“Patil is a very experienced player,” Card said. “She’s a four-year player. Incredible leadership in and out of the pool. A strong two-meter defender and a strong ball handler.”

Card spoke about Salas in glowing terms.

“She’s another four-year athlete. A strong swimmer and great on the counter attack,” Card noted.

The Bulldogs are gunning to finish high in the Pacific League. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Card then addressed Morlock.

“She’s an incredibly gifted athlete,” he pointed out. “A strong swimmer. Her mental awareness. Her water polo IQ. It’s a gift, really. She never gives up and never makes any excuses.”

The other three standout performers are juniors, Sophia Brice, Michelle Morozian and Sera Shahbazian.

Card also praised Brice. “Sophia is a strong counter-attack player with strong fundamentals,” he said.

Card also likes Shahbazian. “She’s just relentless on defense. Always working away from the ball, helping her teammates,” he said.

Card spoke about Morozian and what she brings to the table. “Her ability to play defense is incredible,” he said.

The rest of the squad consists of juniors Angie Chavez, Grace Tomasek, Anasheh Abedian, Gabby Aghajanyan and Ashley Karazi.

Burbank Girls Water Polo Struggles Against Marymount, Loses 10-4

By Rick Assad

 

A severe and early deficit faced the Burbank High girls’ water polo team on Monday afternoon at the Burroughs swimming pool.

Like a dragster taking off and then racing down the runway, the Sailors seized control in the first quarter, added to the lead in the second frame and took home a 10-4 decision in a nonleague match.

“That’s something we’re trying to work on this year, is coming out with intensity every quarter,” Marymount coach Nicholas Amstutz said. “We have four mini-games, so we have a fresh start.”

The Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the Sailors and fell 10-4 in a nonleague match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Toni Ashby paced Marymount offensively with four goals including three goals in the second period as the Sailors pulled ahead 9-0 at halftime.

Lizzy Reilly had three scores for the Sailors (3-1), knocking in two goals in the second frame.

“We only have three seniors on this team,” Amstutz said of his young squad that led 3-0 after the first quarter. “We have a lot of young talent. We like the three leaders for sure. The three seniors we have are our captains. They’ve been stepping up a lot.”

The Bulldogs (1-1) weren’t about to throw in the towel and rallied for three goals in the third quarter to slice the lead to 9-3.

Burbank struggled in the first half, but came on strong in the second half against Marymount. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sera Shahbazian’s tally from eight feet and 3:41 on the clock reduced the deficit to 9-1.

When Michelle Morlock knocked home a winner from close range and 2:13 left on the ticker, Burbank came within 9-2.

It became 9-3 with 1:05 left on the buzzer on Sophia Brice’s five-foot tally.

Shahbazian’s five-footer with 42 seconds remaining in the match trimmed Marymount’s lead to 10-4.

Ashby’s blast from eight feet and 1:13 remaining on the clock in the opening quarter made it 3-0 in favor of Marymount.

When Ashby located the back of the net from 10 feet and 4:26 showing in the second frame, the Sailors glided ahead 7-0 and with 3:20 on the buzzer, Ashby’s 15-footer made it 8-0.

An eight-footer by Ashby with 1:42 showing in the second period supplied the Sailors with a 9-0 advantage.

Reilly’s six-footer with 6:17 on the clock in the second stanza handed Marymount a 5-0 cushion and an eight-footer by Reilly with 5:32 left before the intermission pushed the advantage to 6-0.

After Reilly’s point-blank shot with 3:43 left on the clock in the contest, the Sailors scooted ahead 10-3.

Burbank, Burroughs Swim Teams Fare Well In Pacific League Finals

By Rick Assad

 

Under favorable weather conditions, the Pacific League swimming finals was held at Burbank High on Thursday and the team standings and individual races went essentially according to form.

Two league records fell as Burroughs sophomore Maya Wilson placed first in the 200 yard freestyle after coming in at 1.51.73.

The old mark was held by Crescenta Valley’s Heather MacDougal, who swam 1.51.76 in 2013.

The other record smashed was by Crescenta Valley freshman Amanda Petersen, who won the 100 breaststroke (1.05.16), breaking MacDougal’s 1.05.23 in 2013.

Petersen was a double winner after also taking the 200 individual medley (2.08.45).

Wilson placed first in the 500 freestyle (4.59.15) and was part of a foursome that took fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (4.03.62) that included senior Marlena Skrabak, senior Bianca Sanchez and junior Aleah Orozco.

Burroughs sophomore Maya Wilson placed first twice and set a Pacific League record in the 200 yard freestyle at 1.51.73. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Wilson was on the team that garnered fourth in the 200 medley relay (2.06.71) that included senior Annabelle Morning, Skrabak and sophomore Emmanuella Nathan.

“I went in trying to have no expectations,” Wilson said of her day in the pool. “I was just trying to improve, whether it was my times or my mindset. After I finished, it was a moment of relief.”

Wilson then added: “Working in practice every day. Seeing if I can improve every day. I try to stay in the moment and focus on the now,” she noted. “I focus on how I can improve my race. I’m focusing on CIF and see what I can do. I’m pushing myself to new limits in all my practices or trying to.”

Burbank sophomore David Lee also had a day to remember and was another double winner after taking first place in the 50 freestyle (23.05) and the 100 freestyle (50.17).

“I felt all sorts of emotion and excitement,” Lee said. “I think about the long run. How fast I want to get two years from now and how do I have to train every single day to get to achieve that process. Get to that level. I try to train as hard as I can every single day to get to that level. One hundred perfect effort.”

Lee was a member that included senior Isaac Yang, junior Dorian Andrei and sophomore Ryan Feldman that garnered third place in the 400 freestyle relay (3.28.66) and part of a squad that included freshman Arsen Rostomyan, junior Gevorg Vardanyan and Yang that grabbed fourth place in the 200 freestyle relay (1.36.19).

Burbank sophomore David Lee (second from right) won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

As far as team standings, the Burroughs girls’ varsity placed third with 196 points while Burbank was fifth (173 points).

The Burbank boys’ varsity took third (248 points) while Burroughs was sixth (157 points).

“We had mostly all best times today,” Burbank coach Cody Parker said of his teams. “Obviously we had David Lee win two individual events and the boys’ 200 individual medley got consideration. So there’s a lot to be proud of as a team.”

Burroughs coach Jacob Cook was pleased with Wilson. “Maya is very impressive,” he noted. “Maya did some incredible stuff. She puts in the work. Her talent is just insane. She’s special. I just told her before the race, to go for it.”

Cook spoke about his teams. “There’s a lot of PR’s today,” he said. “A win for me is not just scores, but it’s to beat individual times.”

The Crescenta Valley girls’ varsity took first with 558 points, Arcadia grabbed second (474), Pasadena was fourth (178), Hoover sixth (153) and Glendale nabbed seventh (139).

In the boys’ varsity, Crescenta Valley was first (571), Arcadia took second (420.5), Hoover was fourth (165.5), Glendale placed fifth (161) and Pasadena took seventh (110).

That’s perfect form in the butterfly. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Other strong outings included Burroughs’ junior Reigh Abaoag taking second place in the 100 yard butterfly (52.89) and third in the 100 yard breaststroke (1.01.31).

The Burbank foursome of junior Michelle Morlock, sophomore Simone Bethel, junior Emily Udall and senior Angelica Perez took third in the 200 medley relay (2.04.86).

Udall also placed third in the 500 freestyle (5.46.97), sixth in the 100 butterfly (1.04.99) and was part of a foursome that included sophomore Simone Bethel, sophomore Geneva Bethel and Morlock that finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay (4.12.83).

In the boys’ 200 medley relay, the team of Rostomyan, Feldman, Andrei and Vardanyan finished third (1.45.87).

Other solid placings included the Burroughs team of junior Isaack Dowling, Abaoag, junior Arshak Berberyan and junior Nathan Gault-Crabb that grabbed fifth in the 200 medley relay (1.50.39).

It takes skill, training and determination to succeed as Burbank and Burroughs demonstrated at the Pacific League Finals. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs freshman Madeline Spangler was seventh in the 200 freestyle (2.15.16) and Burroughs freshman Isabelle Mucha was 10th in the same race (2.19.35).

Feldman finished in fourth place in the 200 freestyle (1.49.82) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1.05.12).

Morlock was fourth in the 100 freestyle (59.02) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (27.05).

Gault-Crabb was eighth in the 50 freestyle (24.14), while Andrei was eighth in the 100 butterfly (58.08) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (52.88).

Here’s a Burroughs swimmer giving it her all. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burroughs freshman Nicolai Lazarev nabbed eighth place in the 500 freestyle (5.34.48).

The Burbank team of sophomore Geneva Bethel, Simone Bethel, sophomore Grace Tomasek and sophomore Angelina Chavez finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay (1.57.59).

Dowling, sophomore Arthur Eldridge, senior Scott Sauve and senior Daniel Marinero took seventh place in the 400 freestyle relay (3.46.92).

Burbank Boys, Burroughs Girls Win in Rivalry Dual Meet in Pool

The Burbank High boys’ swim team and the Burroughs High girls’ swim team earned victories Wednesday afternoon when the two rivals squared off in the final dual meet of the Pacific League season at Burbank.

Burroughs won the girls’ varsity competition by a score of 86-75. Burbank took the boys’ competition by a score of 85-60.

David Lee competes in the 100 Freestyle. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

David Lee earned a pair of individual victories for the Burbank boys’ team by winning the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Ryan Feldman was also impressive for the Bulldogs in taking the 200 freestyle and taking second in the 100 breaststroke.

Burroughs boys’ team was led by Reigh Abaoag, who won the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.

Nicolai Lazarev also had some solid performances for the Indians, winning the 500 free and finishing second in the 200 free.

Maya Wilson competes in the 100 yd Butterfly. (Photo By Edward Tovmassian)

Maya Wilson led the Burroughs girls’ team. Traditionally a distance swimmer, she won the 50 free and the 100 butterfly.

Burbank was led by Michelle Morlock, who won the 100 free and took second in the 50 free.

See below for varsity results.

 

Burroughs at Burbank swimming April 25, 2018
Boys Varsity Results
EventPlaceNameTime
200 medley relay
1Burbank (Arsen Rostomyan, Ryan Feldman, Dorian Andrei, Gevorg Vardanyan)01:49.7
2Burroughs (Isaack Dowling, Reigh Aboang, Arshak Berberyan., Nathan Gault-Crabb
3Burbank (Henry Margaryan, Ford Roll, Daniel Semizyan, Andy Alvarez)
4Burroughs (Jehu Morning, Scott Sauve, Aaron Meza, John Paul De Fabry)
200 Freestyle1Ryan Feldman (B)01:55.0
2Nicolai Lazarev (JB)
3Scott Sauve (JB)
4Isaac Yang (B)
5Daniel Semizyan (B)
200 Individual Medley1Henry Margaryan (B)02:16.3
2Daniel Marinero (JB)
3Gevorg Vardanyan(B)
50 Freestyle1David Lee (B)22.7
2Nathan Gault-Crabb (JB)
3Orbel Barooni (B)
4Andy Alvarez (B)
5Arthur Eldridge (JB)
6Daniel Marinero (JB)
100 Butterfly1Reigh Abaoag (JB)53.15
2Dorian Andrei (B)
3Gevorg Vardanyan(B)
4Arshak Berberyan (JB)
5Orbel Barooni (B)
100 Freestyle1David Lee (B)53.21
2Arsen Rostomyan(B)
3Videsh Shrestha (B)
4Arthur Eldridge (JB)
5Aaaron Meza (JB)
6Matthew Mucha (JB)
500 Freestyle1Nicolai Lazarev (JB)05:40.5
200 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Orbel Barooni, David Lee, Gevorg Vardanyan, Isaac Yang)01:40.1
2Burroughs (Nathan Gault-Crabb, Issack Dowling, Arthur Eldridge, Daniel Marinero)
3Burbank (Aleko Brice, Andy Alvarez, Videsh Shrestha, Ford Roll)
4Burroughs (Arshak Berberyan, Nicolai Lazarev, Scott Sauve, John Paul De Fabry)
5Burroughs (Aaron Meza, Max Zekowski, Matthew Mucha, Jehu Morning)
100 Backstroke1Arsen Rostomyan(B)01:03.8
2Isaack Dowling (JB)
3Jehu Morning (JB)
4Henry Margaryan (B)
5Aleko Brice (B)
100 Breaststroke1Reigh Abaoag (JB)01:02.2
2Ryan Feldman (B)
3Ford Roll (B)
4Videsh Shrestha (B)
400 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Arsen Rostomyan, Ryan Feldman, Dorian Andrei, David Lee)03:33.5
2Burroughs (Reigh Abaoag, Issack Dowling, Scott Sauve, Nathan Crabb-Gault)
3Burroughs (Nicolai Lazarev, Arthur Eldridge, Arshak Berberyan, John Paul De Fabry)
4Burbank (Isaac Yang, Daniel Semizyan, Videsh Shrestha, Henry Margaryan)
5Burroughs (Aaron Meza, Max Zekowski, Matthew Mucha, Jehu Morning)
Girls Varsity Results
EventPlaceNameTime
200 Medley Relay1Burbank (Michelle Morlock, Simone Bethel, Emily Udall, Angelica Perez)02:05.6
2Burroughs (Madeline Lingad, Amabelle Morning, Maya Wilson, Bianca Sanchez)
3Burroughs (Isabel Canelo, Jaelynn Bijasa, Mia Fallon, Lily Marsh)
4Burroughs (Leann Bermudez, Amy Berberyan, Isabella Mucha, Katie Vlick)
5Burbank (Melody Moradi, Stephanie Harkness, Sharlene Nazari, Angelica Chavez)
200 Freestyle1Maddie Spangler (JB)02:16.9
2Mia Fallon (JB)
3Geneva Bethel (B)
4Isabella Mucha (JB)
5Ilona Oganesian (B)
200 Individual Medley1Emily Udall (B)02:34.2
2Bianca Sanchez (JB)
3Jaelynn Bijasa (JB)
4Sharlene Nazari (B)
50 Freestyle1Maya Wilson (JB)25.44
2Michelle Morlock (B)
3Emmanuella Nathan (JB)
4Angelica Perez (B)
5Marlena Skrabak (JB)
100 Butterfly1Maya Wilson (JB)59.52
2Emily Udall (B)
3Stephanie Harkness (B)
4Sharlene Nazari (B)
100 Freestyle1Michelle Morlock (B)01:00.6
2Maddie Spangler (JB)
3Angelica Chavez (B)
4Lily Marsh (JB)
5Isabel Oporta (JB)
6Simone Bethel (B)
500 Freestyle1Mia Fallon (JB)06:13.5
2Geneva Bethel (B)
3Angelica Perez (B)
200 Freestyle Relay1Burroughs (Maya Wilson, Bianca Sanchez, Marlena Skrabak, Emmanuella Nathan)01:51.1
2Burroughs (Maddie Spangler, Jaelynn Bijasa, Isabel Oporta, Brianna Meneses)
3Burbank (Geneva Bethel, Simone Bethel, Ilona Oganesian, Sharlene Nazari)
100 Backstroke1Isabel Canelo (JB)01:15.1
2Melody Moradi (B)
3Angelina Chavez (B)
100 Breaststroke1Simone Bethel (B)01:32.7
2Amabelle Morning (JB)
3Isabella Mucha (JB)
4Amy Berberyan (JB)
5Stephanie Harkness (B)
400 Freestyle Relay1Burbank (Emily Udall, Michelle Morlock, Angelica Perez, Geneva Bethel)04:54.3
2Burroughs (Isabella Mucha, Mia Fallon, Bianca Sanchez, Marlene Skrabak)
3Burroughs (Isabel Oporta, Amy Berberyan, Lily Marsh, Maddie Spangler)
4Burbank (Angelina Chavez, Stephanie Harkness, Melody Moradi, Ilona Oganesian)
5Burroughs (Leann Bermudez, Katie Vlick, Fatima Serrano, Sedona Puglisi)

Burbank, Burroughs Swimming Hoping to Stay Strong

The Burbank and Burroughs High swimming teams are coming off of a solid year and are hoping to maintain that strength into the 2018 season, even though some key swimmers have graduated. Burbank, which set several relay records last season on the boys’ side, will now will led by some distance swimmers. Burroughs will be led by sophomore Maya Wilson, who set a number of school records last year.

Burbank

The Bulldogs lost star Roman Rostamyan to graduation and will be guided by first-year coach Cody Parker.  This year the Bulldogs will have junior freestyler Charlie Thorpe and senior freestyler Isaac Yang. Junior Dorian Andrei is solid in the 200 individual medley and is particularly strong in the butterfly. Sophomore David Lee will be counted on to score points in the sprint events. Sophomore Ryan Feldman is also solid in the individual medley and will also swim the backstroke and breaststroke events.

For the Burbank girls’ team, junior Emily Udall will be a key performer in the distance events as well as the butterfly. Junior Michelle Morlock is a sprinter, who will also be key on relays. Sophomore Angelina Chavez will also be counted on in the sprint and relay events, as will sophomores Simone and Geneva Bethel. Both Simone and Geneva Bethel swim the freestyle events.

Burroughs

The Indians are led by sophomore Maya Wilson, who is a distance swimmer and should return to CIF competition in the 500 freestyle.  She will also swim in other freestyle events.

The Indians also have returning senior captains Marlena Skrabak, Amabelle Morning and Mia Fallon.

Skrabak is a 50 freestyle specialist, Morning is strongest in the breaststroke and Fallon can be counted on to score points in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

For the Indians boys’ team, junior Reigh Aboang should lead the way. He is solid in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Junior Issack Dowling is another key swimmer who is a backstroke specialist. Junior captain Nathan Gault-Crabb will be able to help the Indians out in a number of areas.

“(I’m) looking forward to seeing what our returning varsity swimmers can do after last season,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We have a lot of talent returning, which is exciting. We also have a lot of new swimmers that I am excited to work with and to help achieve their goals.”

Burroughs Girls Water Polo Fends Off Stubborn Burbank 12-5

By Rick Assad

 

A better and more efficient start would have been preferred by the Burroughs High girls’ water polo team when it faced host Burbank.

With 5:40 left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Pacific League match, it was tied after the Bulldogs scored, but the Indians then rattled off four consecutive tallies that included an 8-1 run and collected a 12-5 victory.

“We made some adjustments here and there,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We shut them down from there. It was a good game overall today.”

Burroughs (6-4 and 2-1 in league) held Burbank (4-7 and 0-3 in league) to one goal in the third quarter and none in the fourth period.

Burbank, shown warming up in a recent match, played visiting Burroughs tough early, but fell 12-5. (Photo by Rick Assad)

With 4:10 on the clock in the second period, Burroughs senior utility Gwendolyn Turla scored on an eight-footer that made it 5-4 and with 3:29 remaining the lead swelled to 6-4 on a goal by junior utility Aleah Orozco from close range.

“I think we came in a little bit, maybe overconfident,” Orozco said, “and then we came to the realization that Burbank is a tough team and we need to get it together in order to play against our rival school and I think once that happened and we got in the right mental state, then things started to go our way.”

Orozco said she noticed early that the Bulldogs were aggressive. “I feel like in any type of sport, once it becomes more intense, you try to be more aggressive and they became a lot more aggressive,” she noted, “but we became back equally aggressive.”

The Indians’ lead became 7-4 when Turla scored on a five-footer and with nine seconds left before halftime, a 25-foot floater from senior attacker Cameron Flores pushed the margin to 8-4.

Gwendolyn Turla, with the ball, scored a match-best five goals for the Indians in a Pacific League win over the host Bulldogs. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A goal from 10 feet by Burbank senior utility Lexi Lyneis evened it at 4-4 in the second quarter.

Lyneis collected her initial goal with 1:59 left in the first quarter on a 20-footer that tied it at 3-3.

“We just made a few mistakes that they capitalized on,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said. “We were making mistakes and too close together and they were making the steals.”

It took a while before a goal was scored in the third quarter as Turla found the back of the net on an eight-foot penalty shot that made it 9-4 as 3:19 remained.

With 1:15 left in the same frame it became 10-4 on a five-footer by senior setter Bianca Sanchez, but Burbank, which committed 19 turnovers, sliced it to 10-5 on senior driver Sune Aghakian’s 10-footer with 1:01 left.

In the fourth period it was all Burroughs which pulled ahead 11-5 with 3:52 left on a tally from three-feet by junior attacker Samantha Leano.

Thirty-eight seconds later a goal from five-feet by Sanchez shoved the Indians ahead 12-5.

The Bulldogs marched in front 1-0 on junior utility Patil Minassian’s three-footer with 5:58 showing, but twenty seconds later it was deadlocked at 1-1 on Turla’s 10-footer.

Sanchez’s short-range rocket with 4:56 left made it 2-1, however, the Bulldogs evened it at 2-2 on junior driver Michelle Morlock’s point-blank bullet and 4:06 on the clock.

Turla’s nine-footer with 2:12 left gave the Indians a 3-2 edge and Sanchez’s eight-footer with 1:05 on the ticker capped the period as the Indians led 4-3 heading into the second period.

Burbank junior goalie Suzie Misiryan and Burroughs’ junior goalie Isabella Erickson and sophomore net keeper Emmanuella Nathan all played well.

Burbank Girls Water Polo Loses 13-7 To Pasadena

By Rick Assad

 

Similar overall records promised a fairly close and competitive Pacific League girls’ water polo match on Tuesday when Burbank High hosted Pasadena.

Despite failing to score in the first quarter, Burbank rallied in the third period and came within three goals late in the frame, and one goal early in the fourth period, but ultimately fell 13-7 in the league opener.

Burbank Coach Allyson Young likes how her team played in the third quarter. (Photo by Rick Assad)

Three players scored for Burbank (4-5 and 0-1 in league) with senior utility Lexi Lyneis and senior driver Sune Aghakian each knocking in three goals and junior driver Michelle Morlock adding one.

“If we would have had a better start and worked together and not put so much pressure on each other, would have made safer passes and protected the ball, it would have been a lot closer in the beginning,” Burbank coach Allyson Young said.

Young then added: “The third quarter they played great, but then the fourth quarter they all fell apart again. So what we need to do is expand that third quarter to all of our quarters,” she said.

Burbank outscored Pasadena 4-2 in the third quarter and a tally from 10 feet by Lyneis and 2:51 left cut Pasadena’s edge to 9-4.

A 15-foot blast by Lyneis with 2:04 remaining shaved it to 9-5 and her five-footer with 1:09 on the clock made it 9-6.

Morlock’s eight-foot dart with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter shaved Pasadena’s lead to 9-7.

Aghakian’s strike from five feet with 2:27 on the ticker in the second quarter sliced Pasadena’s advantage to 5-1 and Aghakian’s 15-footer with 11 seconds left before halftime saw Burbank move within 7-2.

Young liked what she saw in the third quarter and wants to see more of it. “They were communicating,” she said. “They were swimming down and driving. They were working together. They were playing as a team rather than a bunch of individuals.”

The Burbank girls’ water polo team warming up before Tuesday’s match with Pasadena. (Photo by Rick Assad)

Pasadena (4-6 and 1-0 in league) was led by senior Fernanda Alvarez with a match-best five goals, including two tallies in the first and second quarter.

Senior Shannon Brierty added three goals for the visitors, who led 3-0 after the first frame and 7-2 at the intermission.

“We did come out quick. We knew we had some fast swimmers that could do counter attack,” Pasadena coach Sean Phillips said. “Be pretty dangerous as far as offense goes. So we knew we’d get quick goals in the beginning, at least have the possibility.”

Phillips went on: “In the first half, I was really pleased with our girls. Pretty tenacious. But you got to hand it to Burbank for their resiliency. They had that comeback. It made me really nervous in the third quarter, especially.”

Pasadena scored two goals in the third frame with Brierty knocking one home from five-feet with 6:24 left that made it 8-2 and sophomore Nicole Wallius from five feet with 5:43 left for a 9-2 edge.

Pasadena pulled ahead 1-0 on senior Calypso Brenard’s goal from 10 feet and 5:01 left.

Alvarez scored back-to-back tallies including one with 1:30 left on a 10-foot backhander and a three-footer with 1:02 remaining that made it 3-0.

Pasadena increased its advantage to 5-0 in the second quarter on a 10-foot goal from senior Sara Winsky with 4:40 left and a 10-footer with 3:22 showing from Brierty.

Alvarez scored with 2:06 left from three-feet that made it 6-1 and then added another three-footer with 1:34 showing for a 7-1 edge.

Pasadena ended the fourth quarter by scoring four straight goals that included a tally from Brenard from six feet with 5:19 left that made it 10-7, Wallius locating the back of the net from five feet at 4:59 for a 11-7 cushion, Brierty drilling one from three feet and 3:19 left for a 12-7 margin and Alvarez’s bullet from five feet with 1:58 left for a 13-7 lead.

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Water Polo Have High Expectations

By Rick Assad

Expectations are genuinely upbeat for the Burbank High and Burroughs girls’ water polo teams.

“I am very excited for our upcoming season,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “We have a lot of talented and experienced members returning who are well-rounded and play well together.”

Spearheading the Indians, who went 10-9 overall and 5-3 in the Pacific League with an opening-round setback in the CIF Southern Section playoffs a season ago, is senior utility Gwendolyn Turla.

Senior Gwendolyn Turla led the Indians in scoring with 67 goals. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An offensive threat every time Turla had the ball in her hands, she tallied a team-high 67 goals and averaged 3.5 goals per game, with 22 steals and 12 assists.

Four seniors join Turla, who had 140 shots on goal, and they include attacker Cameron Flores, attacker Alice Martinez, setter Bianca Sanchez and attacker Andrea Silva.

Ten juniors will be asked to contribute offensively and play defense and they are attacker Amy Berberyan, attacker Leann Bermudez, attacker Samantha Leano, attacker Madeline Lingad, attacker Brianna Meneses, utility Aleah Orozco, attacker Camilla Panoza, attacker Isabel Rosado, attacker Katie Vlick, goalie Isabella Erickson, and Emmanuella Nathan, a sophomore, will play goalie.

The Indians are 0-1 this season after losing to San Marino 9-8 in the Burbank Tournament and will launch their league campaign on Jan. 9 when they host Crescenta Valley and will visit archrival Burbank on Jan. 16.

Burbank coach Allyson Young also thinks the Bulldogs will have a successful campaign.

Burroughs will face host Burbank on Jan. 16. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I expect to have a better season than last season because I have a lot of returners,” said Young, whose team went 6-18 overall and didn’t make the playoffs after finishing fifth in the league.

Young will have six returners and they include senior driver Sune Aghakian, who tossed in a team-best 49 goals and senior utility Lexi Lyneis, who had 38 tallies.

The others are senior driver Tara Goodwin, junior utility Patil Minassian, junior driver Camila Salas and junior driver Michelle Morlock.

Young said that she is counting on this group of veterans to help the other players who have less experience.

“I think they can be good leaders because they understand what it takes to play on the varsity level,” Young said.

The Bulldogs, who are 3-1 after defeating host La Salle 16-3, losing to host San Marino 6-5, then knocking off Louisville 9-7 and Torrance 8-3 in the Burbank Tournament, commence league play on Jan. 9 against Pasadena.

The remainder of the squad includes senior driver Valentina Abadjian, senior driver Angelica Perez, senior driver Melissa De La Cruz, junior goalie Suzie Misiryan, sophomore driver Sera Saahbazian, sophomore driver Sophia Brice and sophomore driver Michelle Mirzoyan.

Burbank, Burroughs Split Swim Meet

The Burbank High boys’ swim team found out very quickly Tuesday afternoon never to take things lightly when the Bulldogs visited rival Burroughs.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Feeling it would easily win the opening event, the 200 medley relay, Burbank narrowly got past Burroughs.

“It really got close in the end,” Burbank’s Justin Miller said. “When it close we knew we needed to push it.”

Burbank won the boys’ varsity competition 98-71. Burroughs took the girls’ competition 98-68.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank got a pair of wins from Roman Rostomyan in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Miller won the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Burbank’s girls’ team was led by Michelle Morlock, who won the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Burroughs boys’ team was led by Reign Abaoag, who won the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.

Maya Wilson led Burroughs’ girls’ team. She won the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“It was a great meet. The energy was high,” Burroughs coach Jacob Cook said. “Everyone was shaking hands before and after the races. It is a friendly rivalry.”

Burbank Boys Swimming 98, Burroughs 71
EventPlaceNameSchoolTime
200 Medley Relay1.Burbank  (Roman, Rostomyan, Brent Min, Ashot Gavurmadzhyan, Justin Miller)BHS
         2.Burroughs (Josh Flinchbaugh, Reign Abaoag, Derick Duran, Drew BaellyJB1:43.35
         3.Burbank (Ryan Feldman, Maximilian Panfilov, Dorian Andrei, Ben Diaz)BHS
 
200 Free1.Roman RostomyanBHS
 2.Nathan Gault-CrabbJBHS
 3.Ben DiazBHS
 
200 IM1.Ashot GavurmadzhyanBHS
 2.Paxton AndersonJBHS2:20.0
 3.Brent MinBHS
 
50 Free1.Justin MillerBHS
 2.Drew BaellyJBHS23.56
 3.David LeeBHS
 
100 Fly1.Reign AbaoagJBHS53.67
 2.Derick DuranJBHS56.17
 3.Ashot GavurmadzhyanBHS
 1.
100 Free2.Justin MillerBHS
 2.Drew BaellyJBHS
 3.Dillon RosenBHS
 
500 Free1.Nathan ArmstrongJBHS5:20.87
 3.Nathan Gault-CrabbJBHS
 4.Maximilian PanfilovBHS
 1.
200 Free Relay2.Burbank (Justin Miller, David Lee, Ashot Gavurmadzhyan, Roman Rostomyan)BHS
 3.Burroughs (Nathan Gault-Crabb, Davis Dysthe, Charlie Gove, Derick DuranJBHS1:39.86
 3.Burbank (Dillon Rosen, Isaac Yang, Ryan Feldman, Ben Diaz)BHS
 
100 Back1.Roman RostomyanBHS
        2.Josh FlinchbaughJBHS1:00.51
 3.David LeeBHS
 
100 Breast      1.Reign AbaoagJBHS1:00.82
       2.Brent MinBHS
       3.Ryan FeldmanBHS
 
400 Free Relay1.Burroughs (Derick Duran, Reign Abaoag, Nathan Gault-Crabb, Drew Baelly)JBHS3:30.48
2.Burbank (Dillon Rosen, Dorian Andrei, Ben Diaz, David Lee)BHS
3.Burbank (Isaac Yang, Alden Choe, Brent Min, Charlie Thorpe)BHS
Burroughs Girls Swimming 98, Burbank 68
EventPlaceNameSchoolTime
200 Medley Relay1.Burroughs (Mariena Skrabak, Annabelle Morning, Maya Wilson, Aleah Orozco)JBHS2:05.29
2.Burbank (Michelle Morlock, Tina Melkonian, Naphtali Avalos, Angelica Perez)BHS
3.Burroughs (Georgia Young, Annette Kogan, Elyse Cervik, Robin Dangaran)JBHS2:14.75
200 Free1.Maya WilsonJBHS1:59.48
2.Mia FallonJBHS2:12.3
3.Marlena SkrabakJBHS2:27.23
200 IM1.Bianca SanchezJBHS2:36.99
2.Naphtali AvalosBHS
3.Annette KoganJBHS2:50.58
50 Free1.Michelle MorlockBHS
2.Lily MarshJBHS27.98
3.Robin DangaranJBHS29.83
100 Fly1.Maya WilsonJBHS1:01.55
2.Emily UdallBHS
3.Naphtali AvalosBHS
100 Free1.Aleah OrozcoJBHS1:01.39
2.Bianca SanchezJBHS1:03.29
3.Geneva BethelBHS
500 Free1.Mia FallonJBHS5:55.48
2.Emily UdallBHS
3.Lorraine IshidaBHS
200 Free Relay1.Burroughs (Marlena Skrabak, Aleah Orozco, Bianca Sanchez, Lily Marsh)JBHS1:53.92
2.Burbank (Tina Melkonian, Angelica Perez, Naphtali Avalos, Michelle Morlock)BHS
3.Burroughs (Andrea Silva, Viktorya Saroyan, Georgia Young, Elyse Cervik)JBHS2:02.32
100 Back1.Michelle MorlockBHS
2.Isabelle CaneloJBHS1:18.14
3.Geneva BethelBHS
100 Breast1.Annabelle MorningJBHS1:17.42
2.Tina MelkonianBHS
3.Simone BethelBHS
400 Free Relay1.Burroughs (Maya Wilson, Aleah Orozco, Mia Fallon, Lily Marsh)JBHS4:13.01
2.Burbank (Haley Kolus, Scarleth Ortiz, Emily Udall, Simone Bethel)BHS
3.Burroughs (Robin Dangaran, Alice Martrinez, Andrea Silva, Kim ArgumedoJBHS4:48.97